Voluntary Norfolk is working with Norfolk Community Learning Services on an exciting new project that prepares the unemployed from socially deprived areas for volunteering.

We know that volunteering provides a great route into work; It allows you to gain valuable experience, develop new skills, and explore new opportunities. It’s also a great way to demonstrate to potential employers that you’re ready to work.

The core of the project is the free Volunteering in the Community course that allows trainees to develop the skills and confidence they need to start their journey as volunteers. The project helps move people closer to employment but also the volunteering sector by improving foundation training for new volunteers.

To see all upcoming Volunteering in the Community courses, visit Momentum’s Training Hub.

What is involved?

We work with people who have been out of employment for some time, whether due to poor health, the need to up-skill, or time spent caring. Anyone aged 18 or over from Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn or Cromer who is currently out of work can access the course free of charge.

Our training promotes the benefits of volunteering and provides participants with the main information they will need as volunteers in their community. As part of the course, delegates also have a chance to meet representatives form local organisations. This allows them to get valuable insight into what organisations are looking for from their volunteers and staff and gives them an idea of the diverse roles available.

One of the goals of the course is to encourage participants to devise their own plan and to use the skills and information from the course to find the volunteering opportunity that suits them best. 4 out of 5 recruiters agree that volunteering is an excellent way to help people move into work and 3 out of 5 people who take up volunteering find work within 12 weeks. It is believed that the volunteering experience participants strive towards after the course will provide a good stepping stone for getting back to employment.

To see all upcoming Volunteering in the Community courses, visit Momentum’s Training Hub.

Project Staff

  • Laura Holland, Volunteering for Skills Coordinator

Find staff contact details under in Our Team

Funding and Partners

Local Enterprise Partnership – Challenge Fund